Review: Triumph by Lizzie Harwood

Title: Triumph
Author: Lizzie Harwood
Publisher: Editor Deluxe Press
Publication Date: February 23, 2015
Number of Pages: 138
How I Got It: direct from author
Format: Kindle

Goodreads Summary: 
Triumph: Collected Stories offers a glimpse into the lives of contemporary women around the world on the verge of breakdowns or breakthroughs.
Who doesn’t know a gone girl or a complicated woman? A mother, sister, friend, or even that girl who looks back at you in the mirror. Love or defriend them, we all know them.
In this bouquet of short stories, you’ll meet a gang of gutsy gals, mothers-on-the-edge and anti-heroines, including Betty and Alabama, who feature in the forthcoming series, Polaroids.
Prose like Katherine Mansfield on vodka shots, by a writer who could be Lena Dunham’s weird Antipodean cousin or Gillian Flynn’s doppelgänger.

My Review:
I do not know of any other short story compilation that features female anti-heroes. As a lover of female authors and characters, I was glad to have the opportunity to explore such a work. Author Lizzie Harwood provides much more than the typical female characters that populate much of what is considered women's fiction. There is no "will they or won't they get together in the end" here. This collection is more "will she or won't she throw herself in front of a train at the end." It was as if Harwood hovered above the earth and randomly choose a handful of women from across the globe, then imagined what would a day or weekend look like for them? Which leads one to wonder that while Harwood's stories are fiction, how far from the truth are they really? I would definitely recommend this collection and hope that it will be released as a paperback. I would have loved to read this while daydreaming at the beach or poolside this summer.

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **